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DUI in Alabama

DWI in Alabama

Alabama DUI laws include both a criminal and a Department of Public Safety case to be triggered in the event of arrest for DWI. In Alabama, every arrest for DUI / DWI initiate’s two separate cases. It is urgent that you seek an Alabama DUI defense attorney as soon as possible if you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, DUI or DWI.

The law only allows 10 days for your Alabama DUI defense attorney to request a hearing with the Alabama department of public safety to save your Alabama drivers license.

Alabama DUI / DWI charges are prosecuted under the following theories:
Note: You may be prosecuted under one, two or both of the following theories.

  1. Alabama DUI charges can be made against a person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This means that ones mental or physical capabilities are impaired via an intoxicant. This relates to a persons ability to operate a vehicle in Alabama.
  2. Alabama DWI charges can also be based on violating Alabama’s per se laws. It would be a crime to drive with a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .08% or higher. This charge can be levied regardless of whether a person is actually impaired or not. Alabama’s per se limit of .08% means that you can be prosecuted merely on body chemistry and have nothing to do with how you are actually driving.

 

In Alabama you do not actually have to be driving. Alabama is an “actual physical control” state. This means that under Alabama DUI / DWI law you need only be in the car and this would be sufficient for police to charge you with DUI, DWI or drunk driving. Actual physical control is having the present ability to operate the vehicle. In other words, if you are found sleeping or just sitting in the vehicle you could be found guilty of DUI or DWI or drunk driving.

Alabama DUI / DWI, drunken driving law provides for additional punishment and or penalties for refusal to submit to chemical testing such as blood, breath, or urine following your arrest for DUI / DWI, or drunk driving. Your refusal to test will result in a 90-day suspension of driver’s license. There is no chance of a restricted license during the suspension period. The refusal to test will also likely be used against you in the criminal case arguing that under Alabama DUI / DWI, drunken driving law that this would be considered you being cognizant of guilt. If you seek a well versed Alabama DUI / DWI, drunk driving attorney they will be capable of defending such arguments. They can explain that there are many reasons for an innocent person to refuse these types of tests.


Alabama DUI / DWI, drunken driving possible punishment:

  • The First Alabama DUI

 

A person’s first conviction in Alabama for DUI / DWI, or drunk driving is a misdemeanor.

    • Sentenced to up to 365 days in county or municipal jail.
    • Fined between $600.00 and $2,100.00.
    • Attend a court approved substance abuse program.
    • Driving privilege suspended for 90 days.

Alabama has a “look-back” period of five years. This means that if you only had one prior DUI, and the day you are convicted of the second is more than five years after the date of the first conviction you will be sentenced as a first offender. If your second conviction is within five years of the first conviction you will be punished as a second offender.

 

  • The Second Alabama DUI

A person’s second conviction in Alabama for DUI / DWI, or drunk driving is a misdemeanor with a jail term.

    • Sentenced from no less than 5 to up to 365 days in county or municipal jail. Some courts may allow 30 days of community service in lieu of the five days in jail.
    • Fined between $1,100.00 and $5,100.00.
    • Attend a court ordered alcohol treatment program.
    • Driving privilege suspended for 1 year.

 

  • The third Alabama DUI

 

A person’s third conviction in Alabama for DUI / DWI, or drunk driving is a misdemeanor with a jail term.

    • Sentenced from no less than 60 to up to no more than 1 year in county or municipal jail.
    • Fined between $2,100.00 and $10,100.00.
    • Attend a court ordered alcohol treatment program.
    • Driving privilege suspended for 3 years.

 

 

 

  • The fourth Alabama DUI

 

A person’s fourth conviction in Alabama for DUI / DWI, or drunk driving is a class C felony with a jail term.

    • Sentenced from no less than one year and one day to up to no more than 10 years imprisonment.
    • Fined between $4,100.00 and $10,100.00.
    • Attend a court ordered alcohol treatment program.
    • Driving privilege suspended for 5 years.

Additional Alabama DUI / DWI, drunk driving penalties could be an ignition interlock. This device would be attached to the vehicle and would require the driver to breath into it to test for alcohol in the body and if alcohol is detected the vehicle would not start.

Take your Alabama DUI / DWI, drunken driving charge seriously. Your personal future, employment and personal freedom depend on it.

Hire an experienced Alabama DUI / DWI, drunken driving attorney. Hiring a qualified Alabama DUI / DWI, drunken driving attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your charge.

 


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